Mindless vs Mindful - What's the difference?

mindless | mindful | Antonyms |

Mindful is an antonym of mindless.

Mindless is an antonym of mindful.

As adjectives the difference between mindless and mindful

is that mindless is showing a lack of forethought or sense while mindful is being aware ((of) something); attentive, heedful.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




(en adjective)
  • Showing a lack of forethought or sense.
  • Having no sensible meaning or purpose.
  • An act of mindless violence.
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  • Heedless.
  • (of a thing done) Overly repetitive and unchallenging.
  • Lacking a mind.
  • Atheism alleges that mindless scientific forces control the universe.


    * mindful





    Alternative forms

    * mindefull, mindfull (obsolete)


    (en adjective)
  • Being aware ((of) something); attentive, heedful.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=December 10 , author=Marc Higginson , title=Bolton 1 - 2 Aston Villa , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=Alex McLeish, perhaps mindful of the flak he has been taking from sections of the Villa support for a perceived negative style of play, handed starts to wingers Charles N'Zogbia and Albrighton.}}
  • (obsolete) Inclined (to do something).
  • *1596 , (Edmund Spenser), The Faerie Queene , V.5:
  • *:These noble warriors, mindefull to pursew / The last daies purpose of their vowed fight, / Them selves thereto preparde in order dew […].
  • Antonyms

    * mindless * seat-of-the-pants

    Derived terms

    * mindfulness